Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis? | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

December 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors.

But was Putin really the provocateur in Sunday’s naval clash outside Kerch Strait, the Black Sea gateway to the Sea of Azov?

Or was the provocateur Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko?

First, a bit of history.

Source: Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis? | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Drama in the Kerch Strait: teasing the Russian bear | Asia Times

November 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

When the Ukrainian navy sent a tugboat and two small gunboats on Sunday to force their way through the Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov, it knew in advance the Russian response would be swift and merciless.

After all, Kiev was entering waters claimed by Russia with military vessels without clarifying their intent.

The intent, though, was clear; to raise the stakes in the militarization of the Sea of Azov.

Predictably, Western media has been complaining again about “Russian aggression”, a gift that keeps on giving. Or blaming Russia for its over-reaction, overlooking the fact that Ukraine’s incursion was with military vessels, not fishing boats. Russian resolve was quite visible, as powerful Ka-52 “Alligator” assault helicopters were promptly on the scene.

Source: Drama in the Kerch Strait: teasing the Russian bear | Asia Times

Strategic Waterways and “The Kerch Strait Incident”: Towards Military Escalation? – Global Research Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

November 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Since May 2018, a new bridge links Eastern Crimea to  Russia’s Krasnodar region. (image right)

Are we gearing towards a Kerch Strait Incident, namely a “Pretext” which could potentially lead to armed conflict?
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In response to these events, the Ukrainian armed forces have been put on full combat alert, in consultation with NATO. The adoption of martial law was put forth by President Poroshenko (to be debated in the Kiev parliament)

Meanwhile Moscow has called for the convening of an emergency UN Security council meeting. According to the Guardian

Source: Strategic Waterways and “The Kerch Strait Incident”: Towards Military Escalation? – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization


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